Victor turned his back on everything he knew – everything he thought he was as an Areth – to help Michael Tanner be free from his lifelong tormentors. Now, Victor is at the mercy of Phoenix and their mission to be free of the very enemy Victor represents.
Something dark haunts Victor, threatening to steal his sanity. Turning his own mind against him to steal his life. He doesn't understand it, has no name for it. He only knows the malicious darkness in his mind he calls his demon wants him dead for his treachery in helping the Humans. Only in Beverly Surimoto's tender touch does he find some fraction of peace. How much can he take from her before it's too much? How much before she realizes the monster he is and turns him away?
Beverly grew up in the world of Phoenix,. To be associated so closely with the enemy could undermine her authority and perhaps everything Phoenix has built, but she senses deception like some smell flowers. There is no deception in Victor. Only confusion and fear. Phoenix exists to end fear; how can she deny him safe haven? Even when he wears the name of the enemy?